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UAE stops issuing visas to North Koreans

AFP  |  Abu Dhabi 

The United Arab Emirates today announced it had stopped issuing visas to North Korean nationals and downgraded diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, following similar moves by Kuwait and Qatar.

The ended the mission of its non-resident ambassador to North Korea as well as that of Pyongyang's non- resident ambassador to the UAE, the government-run WAM agency said.


will also no longer grant North Korean companies authorisation to work in any of the seven emirates, WAM said.

Tensions over North Korea's weapons programme have soared in recent months, with Pyongyang launching a flurry of missiles and conducting its sixth and most powerful nuclear test last month.

UN sanctions against North Korea were last month expanded to include North Korean guest workers, along with textiles and a cap on

and have pressured states to stop employing North Korean workers, whose goes towards remittances that benefit the regime in Pyongyang, according to Asian diplomatic sources.

In September, Kuwait gave the North Korean ambassador one month to leave the country and stopped issuing visas to all North Koreans.

Qatar has also said it would not renew visas for North Korean labourers, with the last work permits set to expire at the end of 2018.

Between 2,000 and 2,500 North Koreans currently work in Kuwait, and another estimated 1,000 in Qatar.

The is home to some 1,300 North Korean workers, according to a South Korean diplomat.

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First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 21:48 IST
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